Suvarnatirtha, Suvarṇatīrtha, Suvarna-tirtha: 2 definitions


Suvarnatirtha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Suvarnatirtha in Shaivism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Suvarṇatīrtha (सुवर्णतीर्थ) is the name of a Tīrtha (sacred bathing place) that is associated with the Kāphīśvara Liṅga (symbolical manifestation of Śiva). This place represents the third of the sixty-four siddhaliṅgas mentioned in the Nepalese Tyasaphu (a folding book or leporello). At each of these spots Śiva is manifest as a Liṅga. Each of these liṅgas has its own specific name, mantra, set of rituals and observances, auspicious time etc.

The auspiscious time for bathing at the Suvarṇa-tīrtha near the Kāphīśvara-liṅga is mentioned as “māgha-kṛṣṇa-dvitīyā” (latin: magha-krishna-dvitiya). This basically represents the recommended day for bathing there (snānadina).

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Suvarnatirtha in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Suvarṇatīrtha (सुवर्णतीर्थ).—A very ancient holy spot in India. Before creation Mahāviṣṇu once did penance here to please Rudra whe appeared before him and granted him boons. That is the great importance of the place. He who worships Śiva here will derive benefits equal to those of conducting an Aśvamedha yajña and also will attain the status of Gaṇapati. (Vana Parva, Chapter 84, Verse 18).

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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